Tripura reports 1st positive case; 33 under quarantine

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COVID-19: 45-year-old patient visited Guwahati, stayed a night at Tripura Bhawan

By: Suman Debnath

AGARTALA, April 7: As many as 33 persons, including three women and a child are put under quarantine in Udaipur in Tripura’s Gomati district after the state registered its first COVID-19 case on Monday night.

Gitarani Karmakar, who hails from Udaipur, tested positive for coronavirus at Agartala Government Medical College and GBP Hospital on Monday.

The state health authorities in Tripura are in touch with Assam authorities for contact tracing of the people as the patient had visited Guwahati on March 18.

The patient arrived in Guwahati on March 17. She had stayed a night at Tripura Bhawan in the city and returned to Agartala by Tripura Sundari Express on March 18 at 9.15 am. The train reached Agartala on at 1.05 pm on March 19.

The persons who had travelled with the patient on S4 and S5 bogies will also be put under quarantine, Gomati district magistrate Tarun Kanti Debnath told a press conference here.

The district administration has announced the entire Udaipur as containment area covering Girls School, mosque, river bridge to Rajar Bagh on Tuesday to contain the spread of the virus.

“This is not a request but an order asking the people not to come out from their homes. Don Bosco School at Killa areas has also been put under restriction,” Debnath said.

“Nobody should come out of their house within a radius of 1 km of the patient’s house. The movement of vehicles will also not be allowed. Stringent action will be taken against the rule violators,” Debnath said.

An alert has been sounded across the state. A letter issued by West Tripura district magistrate Dr Mahatme Sandeep informed that the resident of Udaipur tested positive for COVID-19 in the AGMV & GBP Hospital on April 6. “Therefore, RRT members shall immediately prepare the contact tracing of the doctors, nurses, para-medical staff, nearby patients, attendants and anybody who came in contact with the patient, including family members,” he said.

Family welfare and preventive medicine director Dr Radha Debbarma said that the patient recently returned from Assam.

A total of eight persons from Tripura who attended Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz have tested COVID-19 positive. However, they are still outside the state, said nodal officer for COVID-19, Dr Deep Kumar Debbarma.

Debbarma said that eight persons from Tripura have tested COVID-19 positive in different states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“All of them had attended the congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz on March 21. Among the eight persons, two of them tested positive in Delhi, four in Uttar Pradesh and two in Rajasthan’s Bikaner. None of them returned to state after attending the congregation,” he added.

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